Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Midlife Crisis.

I'm sure you can imagine what my house looks like after pretty much ignoring it for nearly 2 weeks.
I'm sure you can imagine what it would look like even more with 4  poorly attended children inside that have zero concept of picking up after themselves for 10 days.
Yeah, I'm telling you my place is a disaster. Problem is, I keep thinking I'm going to get right on it and fix the situation.

And I can't find any motivation. Zero. Nada.

I'm just tired, man!
I'm having a mid-house crisis or something. Someone help me! How do I get out of this funk? How do I get my house and my life back in order?

If we've been friends for a while, then you know that cleaning is not really my strong point.


This was my master cleaning list that was going "to change my life". I stuck to this list for a total of zero times. I never heeded it's clear and simple direction. Not once.

But before you judge me! In my defense! You're going to have a heart attack and die from this surprise, but I was actually doing really, really well with my house, prior to the "other" house project.

No, really, I was!
Hello, I'm right here! I can here you! Honestly-- floors were swept, counters were washed, vacuums were vacuuming and mirrors were shiney and un-licked/blow-fished.

And then, everything just kind of. . . turned to crap.
Source: etsy.com via Mandi on Pinterest

Let's not talk about all the other parts of my house that are total train wrecks (the car, my bedroom, every bedroom, the garage. . .. ). Let's just talk about my main problem area.

  I can't believe I'm going to do this. I'm going to actually show you the problem area in it's present state.
Forget it. Changed my mind.

Alright, alright. GOSH! Pushy.

I will be accepting no questions as to "what the h___ is that on your floor??" at this time.

I said no comment.

This area needs to be tackled. For the good of humanity, it needs some nurturing. Less junk, more storage, and a couple bottles of disinfectant. Plus, my mudroom was never what I really wanted it to be in the first place.

 What are my plans? Upper cabinets. Perhaps these from Lowe's. With crown molding, of course.

And then?

This totally awesome bench by Ana that will span the length of my kids' backpack wall.

Gah. I guess the first step is to go clean that crap up. Right now, it's equal to having my gums scraped.


Shirley Moore said...

Oh, I've missed you so! Lost all my blogs, and ever so slowly getting them all back. Now I've got to go read a gajillion posts that I've missed. Love the bench, and hate to tell ya, but you ain't the only one with this prob.

Layne Bushell said...

So you mean I'm normal? Thanks. I needed the validation today. :)

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Totally normal - When I'm in the midde of something and not constantly picking up after 5 kids my house looks like a bomb has hit it. Take a nap, do something nice then tackle cleaning. The best part about mess is it just waits for you. - Although I suggest minimum cleaning should include clean underwear fro the fam - just saying :P

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I like the newest plan for the mudroom…..you need a good carpentry project to get you out of your mid-life crisis! What was that quote from Erma Bombeck? Cleaning your house while your children are growing is like shoveling the walk while it's still snowing?? I am OVER picking up everyone's stuff. My kids' rooms look like bombs went off 6.5 days out of the week and I just close their doors. Can't wait to see the deets on this one….forget the clean house! :)

The Mac's House said...

Oh I'm rolling on the floor laughing.

I LOVE that one with the "cleaning after an episode of hoarders" raising hand, I'm guilty of that one.

Of course then you get my husband who comes home and looks at me and announces how he is going to stop just laying things around especially on any flat surface of the house, YES he does this and YES he hasn't stopped! LOL

Cracked me up good tonight, so needed this......

Karen said...

We see all the pretty pretty stuff people choose to show us in blogland and every once in a great while along comes a darling who isn't afraid to let out the fact that she is, in fact, HUMAN. And look, you didn't grow horns or warts or (gasp) get dandruff or anything. Just readers who love you more because you keep it real! Your plan looks awesome and I can't wait to see it.

Patty said...

If I lived closer to you I would come help. I like to help others clean house. Clean my Own house????Ummm...NO!

Sheri said...

OK, I don't think of commented before, but I think this is one of my favorite posts! It's so nice to know other people's stuff takes over the house too! I came home yesterday to my 15 year old cleaning my kitchen because it was so bad she was "feeling claustrophobic". It was great, but this is the girl who interprets "clean your room" as clear a path wide enough to walk through & ignore the knee high piles on the side". How bad does a room have to be before she feels claustrophobic??

Debbie Gisle said...

Ha! I told my husband (the clean-freak) that he has to find a job soon because he's making me look bad and I promised him I would never, ever live up to his standards -- so deal. My "job" is laundry and uh...I might be 15 loads behind...or I'm saying 15 so I look better than my hallway does. My favorite Roseanne quote of all time, "Sorry about the mess, but...we live here." Yup!! (debbiegisle at gmail dot com)

Emily said...

My house is a mess all the time and I don't have an excuse! I tried a couple of those "plans" but I print the out and they look all nice and then I never follow them. I am lucky to have my dishes done everyday. Ü

I love your bench idea! I wish I had a mudroom! If I ever move that is on my list as a must have!

Libby said...

I've been a wife for 33yrs. and a mom for 32 and unfortunately I have no kids at home to blame the mess on. Except that there is less of it now. Ok, it lacks footwear & clothing that doesn't fit hubbins or me.

I did vacuum up the paper bits from my hallowe'en Silhouette projects this morning :o) (they kept sticking to my barefeet)

I have an University course test this afternoon. I specialize in "avoidance housekeeping" -I'll clean to avoid doing something I think is more taxing.

Or someone is coming over in 10minutes.

You rock Mandi!

Jessica said...

I love it when bloggers show the "real" side to their homes! It makes me feel a little better about my hectic life! :)

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

I just keep my bedroom and the nursery clean, and somehow that makes up for the rest of my house being filthy.